Spurs Korean Sensation Son Heung-min Is One Of Premier League’s Best

The Premier League have got a lot of superstar players but not many of them seem to quite as consistent and as enjoyable to watch as Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min.

The South Korean has been at Spurs for five years now and he seems to get better and better as each season passes.

Son has started this campaign with great aplomb and has scored six goals in his club’s first four league games. You can add two assists and a goal in his two Europa League outings too.

Today he was in sensational form against Manchester United, helping his side to a 6-1 win at Old Trafford (Match Report BBC Sport) with two strikes and another assist.

Heung-min is an extremely intelligent and diligent footballer and, for me, he must be the first name on Jose Mourinho’s team-sheet.

Son possesses great acceleration and it seems to deceive defenders as they don’t get close enough to him when in a foot race. The player has clearly worked on his fitness and his stature since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. He doesn’t mind going in for challenges, covers so much ground, keeps on running and he isn’t easy to brush off the ball (opponents have certainly tried!).

Although the attacker always plays with a smile on his face, he doesn’t mind doing a few of the dirty things: whether that’s pressing, making challenges or chasing back.

His link-up play with star striker Harry Kane is also on another level.

They seem to have a telepathic partnership as both players seem to instinctively know where the other is. This was again evident as Spurs humbled Man United. Kane’s quick thinking saw the England captain slip a quick free-kick into the path of Son who raced clear of Eric Bailly and then nonchalantly lift the ball beyond an oncoming David de Gea and into the net.

Heung-min would return the favour with a nice pass into Kane’s path and the hitman duly stuck away that chance.

Harry deserves a lot of praise for helping Spurs get more out of the superb Son. When Kane drops deep, it gives his fellow attacker a good amount of space to run into. The English striker is also great at picking out his teammate with nice through balls.

Even when Kane suffers from his annual injury lay-off, Heung-min still manages to come into his own and lead the line and take on the goalscoring responsibilities.

As well as Son Heung-min’s eye for a goal and his workrate, another standout trait is his willingness to help teammates find the net. He may have only just picked up his first Premier League assist this term today but the Korean managed a whopping ten top flight assists last term. That’s because the classy attacker has the ability to sense where everyone is and what’s best for his team.

Son is also fabulous in transition and that is all down to his intelligence, pace and his ability to remain calm in high pressured situations.

He is also great at keeping the ball, he averages above 85% in his passing success rate during league outings since joining the club (Stats from Whoscored).

The twenty-eight year old is also the keeper of his own destiny, his hard-work and intelligence garner chances for himself. Look at he difference between Son and Dele Alli, both were superstars under Mauricio Pochettino and with Christian Eriksen pulling the strings behind them. Since Pochettino and Eriksen have left Spurs, Alli has turned into a shell whereas Son is simply still at his consistent best!

If you want to know just how good Son Heung-min is, then here’s what Liverpool’s world class centre-back Virgil van Dijk said about the Korean international when discussing why he’d select him in his five-a-side team:

“He’s quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender.

“And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him.”

Via Spurs-web.com

For a top quality defender like Van Dijk to say that about him, you have to agree with my assessment that Son Heung-min is one of the Premier League’s best performing stars right now and it’s been that way for while now.

You can definitely see why Tottenham Hotspur fans must be a bit optimistic about the season ahead. Jose Mourinho must be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of seeing Son soon linking up with not just Kane but with Gareth Bale in the Spurs final third!

Here’s hoping the Korean nice guy gets a chance to win at least one medal in a Lilywhites shirt before too long.

Potential Panic Buy Edinson Cavani Could Light Up Old Trafford

I think it is fair to say Edinson Cavani was never top of Manchester United’s shopping list this summer, if he were they’d have agreed a deal with the striker earlier in the transfer window.

Yet as time runs out before the deadline strikes, it now looks like Man United are set to sign the Uruguayan (Source BBC Sport) after spending most of the summer trying to woo Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund.

The potential arrival of Cavani might be viewed as a bit of a panic buy but that doesn’t mean that the move doesn’t make sense.

The thirty-three year old has proven himself to be a prolific striker in both France and in Italy. He spent the past seven seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 138 Ligue 1 goals in 200 appearances.

Edinson would go on and win six league championships with PSG and ended his spell in Paris as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The hitman also enjoyed prolific spells in Serie A with Palermo and Napoli. In total, Cavani has played fifty-four European games and scored an incredible thirty times.

United have probably lacked an experience goalscorer since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club in 2018 and have missed an all out goalscorer since Romelu Lukaku departed last summer for Inter Milan.

While young forwards like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have all stepped up and offered more goals than they have done previously you still see them struggle to break certain defences down. Edinson Cavani would offer a very different option up-top for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The veteran will offer his new club extra height in the final third, giving them more of a focal point at times. He uses his height well and grabs plenty of goals with his head. Cavani also makes very intelligent runs which would create space for himself or for teammates. The hitman also works hard for his team, possess a very good first touch and is lethal when he sets his sight at goal.

Given his age and pedigree you’ve got to imagine he will be used in a rotation but he will still be dangerous coming on from the bench or playing for around 70 minutes or so. Also whenever he starts look out for him sometimes coming deep and allowing the likes of Rashford, Greenwood or Martial to dart in behind him. He’ll give the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba a different type of target to aim for with cutting through balls or early crosses to put into the box.

At times under Solskjaer, United have failed to kill teams off in what can be viewed as the easier encounters. El Matador would be ideal for those type of games against tight defences.

Former Man Utd striker Louis Saha took to twitter to show his enthusiasm for the potential signing:

If Manchester United can get the deal done, then I think it will be viewed as a good one as long as the Uruguayan international can continue his goalscoring form and become a leader within the young group of attackers. He will offer the club something different from what they already have in their striking options an he will offer the whole squad a new winning mentality.

That being said I would still expect Manchester United to make one or two more signings before the window closes. They still need another option at left-back and possibly a centre half and a right sided attacker too.

Joshua King Could Be A Jadon Sancho Stop Gap At Manchester United

Transfer deadline day is fast approaching on the fifth of October.

Anyone who has seen Manchester United play so far this season knows that they need a few new faces to bolster their chances of challenging for silverware this season.

They probably need another forward, centre-back and left-back.

The Red Devils main transfer target this summer has been Borussia Dortmund and England attacker Jadon Sancho.

With time ticking down, it’s believed that United Chief Executive Ed Woodward will make one last ditch attempt to bring Sancho back to England.

But alas any potential bid could be thrown out as Dortmund manager Lucien Favre believes the club need to keep their key player:

“We need him, no question. Everyone was happy that he stayed,”

“We don’t need to talk long about its qualities – they are enormous. He scores and sets up a lot of goals and can often make all the difference.”

Favre via Sports Bible

So let’s say Man United can’t complete a deal to bring in their top transfer target, the Red Devils will still need another forward for this campaign.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are dead certs to start when fit and in form. Mason Greenwood is fast becoming a superb young player but he still needs time to develop and that might mean he will have to be rested at times. Daniel James is still finding his feet at Old Trafford and isn’t consistent enough to be considered a first team regular. Loanee Odion Ighalo only has a contract until he end of January and I don’t think the Nigerian is any better than being an impact sub at United.

I believe Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want another versatile forward and one that can shine on the right flank.

A player that might interest the Old Trafford side could be AFC Bournemouth striker Joshua King.

The twenty-eight year old probably won’t cost a huge amount and he’d tick a lot of boxes. He was a player United made a bid for back in the winter transfer window (Source Sky Sports)

As a youngster the Norwegian internationalist played for United’s youth teams, graduating alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. Solskjaer was also the coach of the reserves at that point. That means King won’t have much trouble settling in back in Manchester and the coach will know all about his qualities.

The forward is also a proven Premier League performer. In his five seasons in England’s top flight with The Cherries, Joshua scored forty-eight goals in 161 appearances.

Josh King is a player who can play out on the right wing and he’s a star that will give his all for his fellow forwards. He has the acceleration and the dribbling ability to fit into the United front three.

I have no doubts that the Norwegian would love a chance to finally prove himself at Old Trafford.

Obviously Jadon Sancho will remain the main transfer target but Manchester United can’t afford to have all their eggs in one basket. They still need another forward to change things this term.

If a astute deal can be done with AFC Bournemouth then a move for Joshua King as a stop gap could prove to be fruitful as Man United continue to try and close the gap at the top.

Gareth Bale Could Make Or Break Jose Mourinho At Tottenham Hotspur

Credit – Twitter – @GarethBale11

Tottenham Hotspur have managed to recapture iconic Lilywhites hero Gareth Bale on a loan deal from Real Madrid (Source SkySports.com).

It is a move that could really define Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Tottenham’s manager.

When Bale originally left Spurs in a whopping £86m deal in 2013, he left a fan favourite having scored 55 goals in 203 appearances and getting them back into the Champions League.

The forward then went on to win thirteen trophies with the mighty Madrid, scoring 105 times during his seven years in Spain. In the big games, like Champions League finals, Bale would prove to be a difference maker.

Yet he was never universally liked at the La Liga giants. Gareth seemed to enjoy a somewhat lukewarm relationship with star-man Cristiano Ronaldo, the fans turned on him and coach Zinedine Zidane never really trusted Bale either.

Spurs went on to establish themselves as a top European side under then coach Mauricio Pochettino and even got a Champions League final themselves in 2019, which they’d lose to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.

The wheels came off last season though, with Pochettino binned after a poor start to the season and his replacement Jose Mourinho couldn’t guide Spurs higher than sixth spot.

Mourinho was brought to North London because he has been a serial winner as a coach. The Portuguese self proclaimed ‘Special One’ has won a trophy at every job he’s held since his successful FC Porto days in the early 2000s.

Tottenham are seen as the nearly men of English football at the moment. They haven’t won any silverware since their League Cup triumph in 2008.

It is no secret that Spurs have brought Jose to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium with the view of bringing trophies back to their newly built home.

The squad clearly has potential. They aren’t over the hill and they have a very strong spine. A big question is do they have the right mentality to kill games off and win trophies?

Jose himself has posed that question that to his players, as seen on their Amazon documentary.

Mourinho has always admired Gareth Bale.

In 2017, Jose publicly stated he wanted the Welshman to sign for him at Manchester United:

“If he is not in the club’s plans, that with the arrival of another player would mean he was on his way out, I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him.”

Mourinho Via The Guardian

We all know that Mourinho loves players that are experienced in winning trophies. He thinks that will rub off on the others, hence his determination to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford.

It also makes a big statement to bring a fans favourite back to Tottenham as the supporters aren’t sure when it comes to Jose. The North London side still seem disjointed under their new manager and he isn’t getting the best out of promising players like Dele Alli and Tanguay Ndombele.

Mourinho usually likes his teams to show passion and play with a solid backline, yet Spurs have been missing that since his arrival.

Maybe he had an excuse last term as he came into the hot-seat during the middle of a campaign. But last week in his team’s opening league game of this season they were often out played and out fought against Everton. The players simply looked disinterested.

It had the Spurs faithful once again questioning the club’s decision to bring in Jose Mourinho.

But then the Gareth Bale transfer was announced and that has come with jubilation from the support. It has also looks to have rejuvenated the Spurs players, who went to Southampton today and beat their hosts in a 5-2 victory (Match report Tottenhamhotspur.com).

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were in particularly fine form and they must be looking forward to having Bale join them in the front-line.

The interesting thing is what happens now with Tottenham Hotspur and whether Gareth Bale can come in and keep the momentum going?

Bale’s impact on his return to English football could prove to be the making or breaking of Jose Mourinho.

If the superstar forward can rediscover his midas touch and help the manager deliver results and trophies, then Mourinho will become a legend in north as well as south London.

If Bale struggles to keep fit and be a difference maker in the key games and Spurs suffer, then I think the Lilywhite fans could demand Jose’s removal and a return to a more entertaining style of football.

Manchester United – Unambitious And Under Prepared

Manchester United’s 2020-21 Premier League season started with a whimper yesterday as they lost 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace (BBC Match Report).

The scoreline didn’t flatter Palace and that must concern the United hierarchy, yet I think a lot of Man Utd’s issues start and finish in the boardroom.

Preparations weren’t great leading into the new campaign, outside factors haven’t helped. Obviously there wasn’t a big gap between this season and last due to the Covid-19 pandemic and United suffered more than most due to them getting to the latter stages of the Europa League. Then there was the international week. Those factors have meant that Man Utd haven’t had a strong preseason and that certainly showed last night.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already said they’re playing catch up:

“We need games, we need sharpness and time to get back to our best. We are going to get better but we are playing catch-up.”

Via BBC Sport

But United have also been slow in the transfer market and that’s while competitors have done more to improve their squads.

The only new signing Man Utd manager Solskjaer was able to select against The Eagles was Donny van de Beek. Now I believe the Dutchman will prove to be an astute signing but that one deal isn’t enough.

Everyone and their granny knew what the Old Trafford squad needed to improve if they were going to kick on and become silverware challengers.

They need another mobile centre half. Victor Lindelof had a horror showing against Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew. They bullied him and Harry Maguire couldn’t save the defence either. Yet there doesn’t seem to be much happening on that front in the transfer market. At the same time both Arsenal and Manchester City have gone out and spent money on new centre-backs!

I’d also suggest that there’s a need to bring in a new left-back to fight for Luke Shaw’s spot within the starting line-up. They have been linked with FC Porto’s Alex Telles (The Mirror) but a deal still hasn’t been reached. Sergio Reguilon was also a reported target but the Spaniard completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

United’s biggest transfer story of the summer has been their supposed pursuit of England international forward Jadon Sancho. Yet a move doesn’t seem to be close with Borussia Dortmund happy to key him in Germany.

Now a big problem for Man United seems to be that they’ve put all their eggs in the Sancho basket. Dortmund know that and clearly want over £100m for the player and if United don’t have any other targets then the German side will just hold out for that premium fee. It was the same with Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, who United tried to do deals for and then ended up signing for the selling sides asking price further down the line.

United have to be smarter in the transfer window. They need to identify what positions need filled, a few players that could fill those roles and then make bids early.

They would probably be helped out if they had either a Sporting Director or a Director of Football within their club structure to be on hand to push things forward from a football administrative point of view. 

Current Chief Executive Ed Woodward has proven himself a great negotiator when it comes to bringing top level sponsors but his dealing within the transfer market have been slow and simply not good enough.

Supposedly Manchester United have been on the hunt for a new director to sort out the footballing side of the business for two or three years now, the fact they haven’t appointed one yet shows how disjointed and unorganised they really are as a football club.

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already stated Man United are playing catch-up and that goes for on and off the field. The club need to be more ambitious, be better prepared and smarter with their thinking.

Edouard Mendy Could Be Frank Lampard’s Final Problem Solver At Chelsea

Frank Lampard will have been left in no doubt that there’s still one issue he needs to sort out at Chelsea, after watching his side win their opening Premier League game of the season.

Chelsea managed to go down to Brighton and beat the Seagulls by three goals to one (BBC Match Report) but it’s that one goal conceded that will have Lampard still craving one more transfer signing this summer.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Leandro Brossard produced what seemed like a pretty average twenty yard strike but Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to stop it hitting his net. The current Blues number one seemed slow in getting across his goal and didn’t seem switched on enough to keep the ball out.

Now this is unfortunately not the first time that the expensive keeper has been questioned after a costly mistake.

Kepa has conceded nine times with the last thirteen shots that have been aimed at his goal. He consistently falters when facing shots from outside his penalty area and he hasn’t collected a single corner since the start of last term!

The twenty-five year old seems to have lost all confidence and it also looks like Chelsea boss Lampard has serious doubts about his goalie. Towards the end of last season, Lampard would bring in veteran Argentine keeper Willy Caballero to keep goal in his side’s more important encounters.

Chelsea have been very busy during this transfer window as Frank Lampard solved various problems he had within his squad.

The Blues gaffer wanted an experienced centre-back to help shore things up at the back – Brazilian international Thiago Silva was brought in.

Chelsea needed a top quality forward to help lead the line – £45m was spent in bringing prolific German attacker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig (Source Sky Sports).

More goals are needed from central midfield – Young German star Kai Havertz has come in after banging in twelve goals in the Bundesliga last term.

A fresh face was needed to offer more creativity – It was agreed that Hakim Ziyech would be an ideal candidate and he was purchased from Ajax.

The only problem that still remains with in Lampard’s Chelsea squad comes in between the sticks. The Blues have been linked with various goalkeepers all summer but alas no one has come in to compete with Arrizabalaga for the number one jersey.

It now seems as though Edouard Mendy could be the man to come in as the club’s new goalie, with Talksport currently reporting that a £20m deal is ‘imminent‘.

If Mendy is as good as the last goalkeeper Chelsea signed from Ligue 1 side Rennes, then they’ll have a superstar on their hands. Former star Petr Cech became a Stamford Bridge legend after making the same move in 2005.

Edouard certainly looks to be a better choice when you compare his stats with Kepa’s during the last campaign.

Twenty-eight year old Mendy kept more cleansheets, even though he played less minutes. The Senegalese international also conceded on average less than a goal a game, whereas Kepa was conceding more than a goal a game. Mendy was also making more saves per game and had a greater save percentage too.

At six foot six, Edouard Mendy would add more stature within the Chelsea penalty area. You certainly imagine he’ll make more of an effort in collecting crosses.

If you look at last night’s Brighton goal, Mendy would bring in traits that would’ve probably seen him cover himself in more glory. The Rennes man is very quick on his feet and that allows him to cover his goalline effectively. He is more than capable to get down quickly to cover lower shots that come in at his goal from distance. The goalie possesses quick reflexes and makes good decisions when it comes to shot-stopping.

After his team’s victory Frank Lampard stated he was happy with Kepa:

“I am very happy with Kepa,”

“With the shot I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better. But I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing. Kepa is here, he’s our keeper and I’m happy with him.”

Lampard Via The Guardian

I don’t think the Chelsea manager was being entirely honest but his words were understandable. There’s no point in kicking Kepa Arrizabalaga when he’s down.

Yet if Chelsea bring in Edouard Mendy this week, then they’ll show the world that they know that they need another goalkeeper at the club if they want to seriously challenge for titles this season.

Everton Now Have Balance And Added Quality To Push Top Six

Everton enjoyed an impressive start to their Premier League season as they secured their first league win over Tottenham Hotspur since 2012.

The 1-0 win over Spurs (BBC Match Report) was the first time the Toffees support could see their new look side with James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure all in action.

I am in no doubt that that Blue-noses would’ve been extremely happy with what they saw!

Too many times last term; Everton’s midfield was overrun, out worked and didn’t have the creativity needed to really open up tough encounters.

Being a world class coach that sort of failing in his squad wouldn’t go unnoticed by Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti.

That’s why the Italian brought in these particular three stars during this offseason.

All three played yesterday as if they had always been wearing Everton Blue.

The Goodison Park side have missed a top class ball winning midfielder since they sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG last summer. Allan came in against Tottenham and showed he’s got the ideal skill-set to come in and protect his team’s defence.

As well as making plenty of challenges (winning 4 out of 8) and interceptions (2), The Brazilian also completed 46 passes (Stats from Whoscored).

His debut performance saw him awarded the man of the match award by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and had Blues legend Peter Reid gushing on twitter:

Ancelotti worked with Allan during his stint as Napoli boss and you can see why he was so desperate to work with him again. At no point did Allan look flustered or even as though he was playing at his peak!

Abdoulaye Doucoure completed his switch from Watford a week ago (Source Evertonfc.com) and he too fitted into his new team seamlessly.

The twenty-seven year old is clearly used to the English game and his work ethic on the pitch was never questioned as he covered every blade of grass and pressed whenever possible. He was diligent in covering the right side of midfield and was disciplined too (winning 2 tackles and making 2 interceptions).

In the right games, I am pretty sure we’ll see Doucoure making lots of intelligent runs into the box and getting on the end of chances. He is the dynamic midfielder that will link the engine room with the final third.

If Allan, Doucoure and Andre Gomes gave Everton a strong midfield foundation to build upon, then the inclusion of attacking threat James Rodriguez offered a new creative force to the mix.

The Colombian star was played further forward on the right side of The Toffees frontline but that didn’t mean that James didn’t work hard for his teammates. No player made more interceptions than Rodriguez, who completed three. 

Importantly he also added guile into the Everton team. Another new boy that didn’t seem to feel any pressure when he was on the ball. His glorious cross field passes had Blue-noses falling in love with him instantaneously!

The former Real Madrid man made forty-seven accurate passes and created five chances for his fellow forwards. I am certain that Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison will thrive once Rodriguez truly gets his eye in for key passes and when they fully understand what he’s capable of.

People might ask if he’s going to be quick enough but his game intelligence is super and that alone will have him a cut above most opponents as he can see things unfolding before they do so!

Carlo Ancelotti was certainly impressed by how quick James Rodriguez has come in and settled into the Everton way:

“He did four days of training and his performance was outstanding. This is what he can do on the pitch.”

Ancelotti Via Liverpool Echo

It might only be the start for Everton’s new boys but what a start it was. They looked a different team than the one that limped over the line last term and that’s mainly down to the three new signings.

Allan, Doucoure and Rodriguez gave Everton more bite, energy and quality on the the pitch and those improved traits could secure The Toffees a famous season if they can consistently find their top form!

Gabriel Shows Arsenal’s Transfer Dreams Can Come True!

London seems to be awash with Brazilian centre-backs but both Thiago Silva and David Luiz may have to step aside as Arsenal new boy Gabriel Magalhaes could go on and prove he’s the real deal in the Premier League.

The twenty-two year old arrived at The Emirates this summer in a €26m deal from Ligue 1 side Lille OSC (Source BBC Sport). Less than two weeks later and Gabriel starred in The Gunners defence as they enjoyed a 3-0 win over Fulham in their opening league game of the season.

The young central defender played in a back three with Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney. Holding has still to prove himself as a first team regular, while Tierney is a left-back finding his feet as a left sided centre-half. Yet Magalhaes commanded that backline as his defensive partners took every instruction. The Brazilian’s command of the English language might not be there yet but his footballing language certainly seems up to speed as he was telling teammates to push out or take their men in set-piece situations.

Arsenal have often lacked that leadership in the heart of their defence.

Gabriel was particularly impressive in the air yesterday. No player won more aerial duels and The Gunners have lacked that assertiveness in the air during the last decade. He also grabbed a debut goal by climbing above everyone else and steering his effort into Fulham’s net.

As well as being assured in the air, the centre-back was also more than capable with the ball at his feet. Gabriel had 122 touches of the ball (the most of any player) and he also made 114 passes, boasting a wonderful 95% passing success rate (Stats from Whoscored).

Not for such a long time has a new Arsenal centre half came in and impressed me this much on his debut. His performance will give lots of Arsenal fans reasons to be optimistic about their chances of finishing in the top four this season.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was understandably pleased with the showing of latest recruit:

“He showed today his character and his personality because he hasn’t played any football in six months,”

“He only had a couple of sessions with us but we needed to play him today and he was terrific.”

Via Arsenal.com

The player himself was also jubilant after his debut but also seemed focused on having a strong season with The Gunners:

The challenges will get tougher as the campaign progresses for both Arsenal and Gabriel Magalhaes.

David Luiz could actually come into his own as a mentor for his younger compatriot.

Luiz has always performed at his best playing in a back three and it looks like Arteta is set on playing that formation with Arsenal. That tactic could mean that Luiz and Gabriel get the best out of each other. Luiz is less of a liability playing with two defensive teammates, Magalhaes’ concentration levels and heading ability should cover up some of David’s usual failings.

I also think Brazilian international Luiz thrives when he’s set out a clear task to help when playing with younger players. David’s communication at the back should see Gabriel becoming more of a commanding influence sooner as he’ll be able to build up a quick understanding with his veteran teammate.

When you look at the fees currently being discussed for Kalidou Koulibaly and the eventual price tags of Virgil van Dijk, John Stones and Harry Maguire then you can see that Gabriel Magalhaes will become an absolute bargian buy if he can live up to his early potential.

I think that €26m will be money well spent as Gabriel, in my opinion, will go on to become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Kai Havertz Could Be Real Game Changer At Chelsea

After a summer long chase, Chelsea finally managed to secure German international Kai Havertz as their latest big money signing.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man arrives at Stamford Bridge after completing a whopping £71m switch (Via BBC Sport).

Chelsea have been very busy during this break and have made a number of strong moves during this transfer window.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will bring a new dimension to The Blues attack. Ben Chilwell is a proven England international left-back and that’s a position that was a bit of a weak link last term.

Two new centre-backs have also been added to the ranks. I think Malang Sarr is probably more for the future and I won’t be surprised if the French Under-21 star spends next term on loan. I am not a huge fan of Thiago Silva, he seems to go missing or crumble in the big games, but I can understand why Chelsea would want a more experienced centre-half within in their squad.

Yet for me, the main purchase has to be Havertz.

The twenty-one year old midfielder has all the tools to become a world-class talent!

I’m extremely pleased that The Blues recruitment team decided to go all out for Kai instead of making a move for Champions League winner Philippe Countino. Not that Coutinho isn’t a fine player but if you look at Chelsea’s best signings, they all seem to arrive in London ahead of their peak years and not during them or when they’ve passed them by.

Havertz will be a player that’s hungry to prove himself at the highest level, show the Premier League that he can shine and compete with Chelsea’s other talented youngsters.

The German can be a very versatile operator too. He seems to play mainly as a number ten but he can play out on the right, deeper in midfield and even as an unorthodox nine.

Last term he played in forty-five games for Leverkusen, scoring eighteen times and contributing with eight assists. Kai also recorded on average two shots per game and had a passing success rate of over 85% (Stats from Whoscored).

Those are phenomenal numbers for such a young midfielder and in a top league like the Bundesliga!

The Aachen native has great instincts when it comes to making runs into the box and he’s also good with both feet, dare I say like a young Frank Lampard! He has the pace to beat defences, the control to hold onto the ball and the ability to remain cool under pressure when finishing off chances. The youngster is also nice and tidy on the ball and has an eye for a nice through ball.

The technically gifted player is also very decent with his head and his performances for Bayer Leverkusen have seen him earn seven caps for his national side, scoring for Germany against Argentina.

Havertz will provide the Blues with another goal outlet and like Eden Hazard and Lampard before him he’ll give English defences something different to think about when it comes to defending against Chelsea.

I think he’ll arrive at Chelsea as a modern day player maker who has the intelligence to get things right more often than not.

In Frank Lampard, Havertz has a terrific coach to learn from and one who likes to give youngster the best possible chance to prove themselves.

The London giants are clearly delighted with their latest purchase:

‘Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.’

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia Via Chelseafc.com

Chelsea have been very impressive this summer in their transfer dealings. I’m guessing they’re still on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. But I think Kai Havertz will be the standout signing and he could prove to be a top Premier League star that could help get Chelsea challenging for major trophies next season.

What Manchester United Will Be Getting In Donny van de Beek

BBC Sport have confirmed that Manchester United have agreed a £40m fee with Dutch giants Ajax for midfielder Donny van de Beek.

So what will United get if that purchase goes through?

Firstly they will get a valuable extra option in the central midfield area.

Last term both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic suffered from injuries and the team missed both experienced stars. Fred and Scott McTominay weren’t fully on form for all parts of last term and I feel time might be up for Andreas Pereira at Old Trafford.

Van de Beek can play as an orthodox central midfielder, as a number ten or even as a holding player. That versatility again bolsters United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options in the middle of the park.

The twenty-three year old already has a wealth of experience. He has made more than 100 Eredivisie appearances in last four seasons and was also key in Ajax’s impressive runs in the Europa League and Champions League in recent years. Donny will also bring a winning mentality with him, having won three medals during his time playing in his homeland.

The Netherlands international has a keen eye for goal or to set up chances for teammates. During his time in Amsterdam, Van de Beek scored 41 times and created 34 assists. He has the vision to create in crowded areas and that could bode well for United’s attackers next season. His ability to time a run is crucial to his scoring of goals, the Dutchman often arrives late and with space to put away chances much like the much talked about Kai Havertz.

On the ball he can be very efficient, last season he averaged at 80% for his passing success rate. He has the engine to get from box to box and help both defensively and in attack during games. The crafty midfielder also possesses neat footwork and that allows him to dribble beyond opponents and turn in tight corners.

The versatile star remains composed under pressure and that adds to his defensive traits. He averaged 2 tackles per league game last term and a six foot, he’ll give United some extra height in the middle of the park.

Donny’s style has attracted glances from Europe’s top clubs and compliments from great managers. Before a Champions League tie with Tottenham Hotspur, then Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino stated his admiration:

“Van de Beek. Nobody talks much about him,”

“But he has a dynamic in the game, he gets behind Tadic, he arrives, he works, he scores goals.

“Logically, I love De Jong and De Ligt. But the example of the operation of this Ajax is Van de Beek. I like very much. They have a young player, from the academy, in each line, that shows what the team is.”

Pochettino via Planetfootball.com

These are all plus points for Solskjaer and Man United as they look to add to their squad and become realistic Premier League title challengers again.

People are all ready questioning Donny van de Beek’s ability to get into the Manchester United team and he hasn’t even signed yet. But as a squad he will bolster United greatly and I won’t be surprised to see him move around The Red Devils engine room as they try and battle on all fronts during the next campaign.